I was mowing the lawn to get ready for Memorial Day and found this in the midst of the dandelion massacre what a friend must have left for me on our porch:
Now, wow - what a way to start Memorial Day weekend.
Before the sun set, I decapitated - armh - uncorked the bottle and carefully checked for surprises jumping out of the bottle such as funk. None.
The nose was relatively subdued. A slight touch of oak, some fruit, a tiny bit of mocha maybe - but it was a pretty mellow, subtle nose.
So I poured and was not sure what to expect.
Quite a full mouthfeel, it was fruity, ripe - dark berries, some plum, some chocolate notes perhaps - and maybe a bit of oak.
So, while not too complex, it had enough subtleties to discover a different shade of fruit with each sip, mixed with some chocolate or so - it was not boring me.
I liked it.
I was not sure what to make of it, the flavor was not Cab not Syrah... until I read that it is actually a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.
It came together quite nicely. So the pretentious sounding 'harmony' actually describes it quite well.
When taking a large sip (or gulp rather), the 14.2% alcohol can bring out a bit of the heat, but otherwise this is not really noticeable.
Day 2 - the wine did not change dramatically. Maybe a bit less plum and actually it seemed a bit more tannic. Still good.
I tried it on its own and also with some pasta with marinara/red pepper/spicy sauce... it worked better as a "sipping wine".
While it is still a fairly young wine, it drinks very well now.
What do I like? I like the McClean Syrahs, I like R.Merlo Syrahs, I like the Ardente Cabernets, I like many Washingtonian Reds, I like the 'undrinkable' Fizzy Mirage when properly decanted and the fizz is gone, I even like some of the Bogle Cabs. Internationally I e.g. like good Spanish Tempranillo.
Oh, I can also drink a cheap wine - but never found a drinkable cheap Merlot - e.g. the airplane Merlots are almost undrinkable to me.
It is a well made blend and I believe it can please a wide variety of audiences - perfect for a casual holiday weekend sipping with friends.
The patriotic design works well for this time around Memorial Day or July 4 and also makes it a nice bottle to gift - though personally I think the McClean Syrah with their support for homecoming veterans makes a much better story.
At a price of $17.5 it seems to be priced fair, though not a killer-bargain. If I had the space, I would seriously consider a pack. But I got too many great bargains lately that are crowding my basement.
Third party review:
The winery about themselves: